Yes In God's Backyard

Aerial view of Riverside, California with ornate Catholic church tower in foreground and mountains in the distance.

Faith-Based Housing Brings Light Density With Less Resistance

The ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ movement brings together powerful partners to develop housing in areas where development might otherwise encounter opposition.

May 2, 2024 - The New York Times

Small white wooden church in rural setting.

Montgomery County Approves ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ Zoning

A new zoning amendment facilitates housing construction on properties owned by faith-based institutions.

April 7, 2024 - Montgomery County Government

Google street view of red brick Catholic church in Seattle, Washington.

Former Convents Become Teacher Housing

For Catholic school teachers and other educators, housing costs can be a burden in many U.S. cities.

February 13, 2024 - Natoinal Catholic Reporter

Aerial view of church and houses in Richmond, Virginia.

Church Housing Movement Takes Hold in Virginia

A Richmond-based congregation plans to build over 200 units on its property, and a proposed state law could lead to more projects like it.

January 31, 2024 - Next City

Google street view of Bethel AME church in San Diego, California. White building with red Spanis-style tile roof.

San Diego Church Breaks Ground on Housing Project

The 25-unit development is part of a growing ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ movement to build housing on properties owned by faith-based organizations.

January 19, 2024 - KPBS

Small white historic Catholic church in Los Angeles, California.

California Churches Embrace New Housing Law

The bill known as ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ promotes affordable housing construction on church properties.

January 9, 2024 - NBC Los Angeles

Modernist light brown cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Diocese Says ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’

A new California state bill lets churches and other faith-based institutions bypass environmental reviews for proposed affordable housing on their properties.

October 18, 2023 - Episcopal News Service

View of street in Pasadena, California with church at left and city hall in background

Quantifying the Potential of California’s ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ Bill

A new report estimates that 171,000 acres of land would be available for housing development if California approves SB 4, Affordable Housing on Faith and Higher Education Lands Act of 2023.

August 31, 2023 - Terner Center for Housing Innovation


Op-Ed: Let Churches Build Housing

The ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ movement could get a boost from a proposed bill in the California state legislature.

December 30, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

View of street in Pasadena, California with church at left and city hall in background

‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ Movement Wins in Pasadena

Houses of worship in the California city will be allowed to build housing on their properties in an effort to alleviate the city’s housing shortage.

September 28, 2022 - The Real Deal


'Yes In God's Backyard' Offers a New Way Forward for Housing Advocates

San Diego housing advocates have coined a new term: "YIGBY," or "Yes in God's Backyard," to advance prospects for affordable housing development on property underutilized by houses of worship. The city's planning department is receptive.

August 7, 2019 - Next City

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